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Re: How does the seat be removed to access air lines for...
Two bolts, one either side of the lower rear of the seat, you have to remove both lids from the saddlebags (panniers) to gain access to them. Once undone, lift the rear and pull the front of the seat backwards. There is two plastic "pins" that secure the front of the seat in position. With the Gt, you don't have to worry about the airlines to the seat, on the LX there is one airline to the rear of the seat and on the LXE there is the one at the rear and two at the right front side.
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Raise the rear wheel off the ground and then with a no loss air pump apply more pressure to force any oil down the lines into the shocks, then release all air pressure and press the air line fitting collar in and disconnect the lines. THEN remove the upper shock mounting bolt and lockwasher and flat washer and then remove the lower shock mounting bolt and lockwasher and flat washer and remove the shock absorber assembly from the motorcycle. BUT do not lay it down as the oil will leak out and cannot be replaced so the shock would then be garbage. You could remove the air line fitting and plug the hole with a 1/8 NPT thread plug if the shock is to be retained and stored or etc.
Remove the saddlebag lids, undo the 2 bolts just behind the shocks, one on each side of the seat. These are the only bolts that hold the seat on. Lift the rear of the seat about 6 inches to release the front tangs. Raise the front to the vertical and remove the 2 air lines from the front right side of the base and the one at the rear. Seat should now be clear of things attaching it to the bike. Join the worldwide Yahoo email group for these bikes via www.suzukicavalcade.com and ask some more questions.
You will need to remove the rear seats to access the hole just above the shock.
Remove the bottom seat cushion first, then find the small bolts that hold the upper seat to the frame. Once removed, you will see access to the top of the shocks (might have a plastic covering the hole).
Answer REMOVAL - SHOCK ASSEMBLY NOTE: Access for the nuts attaching the rear shock assembly upper mount to the vehicle is through the inside of the trunk.
Roll back carpeting on top of the rear shock tower to access shock mounting nuts. Remove plastic cover from the top of the shock assembly. Remove 2 nuts attaching the shock assembly upper mount/spring seat to the shock tower. Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist. (Refer to LUBRICATION & MAINTENANCE/HOISTING - STANDARD PROCEDURE) Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle. Remove two fasteners holding the splash shield to the shock assembly upper mount. Remove bolt attaching shock absorber to rear knuckle (Shock Absorber Attachment To Knuckle). Remove the shock absorber from the rear knuckle first when removing the shock absorber from vehicle by pushing down on the rear suspension. Move shock assembly downward and tilt top of shock outward, then remove shock assembly from vehicle through top of wheel opening
The load leveling shock will not work if there is an issue with the compressor. If you buy the sir shock's, your going to have to address the compressor issue to even have the air shocks level the Silhouette. Once you have the compressor issue addressed, the shocks it's self is simple enough to replace that you can do it with common tools to save you some money. My wife has a Montana and we had the same problem, since we do not tow and really never hold that much weight. We replaced the rear shocks with Monroe Reflex Shocks, Found the van to be much more sturdy then the air shocks ever were and the good thing about them is there were lift time replacement at Parts Source. Regardless on which shocks your going to use, it's a good rule to replace both sides at the same time. The only difference in to reinstalling the air shocks is you need to reattach the air lines to the shocks and that's simple as removing the shocks it self. The shocks are only held on by two bolts, one on top and one on bottom and should only take about 20 min each side to do since you have to jack the car up and remove the wheel for room, but you can remove the shocks it self without removing the wheel, it's your preference. Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to answer any questions you may have.
did this today. went to advance auto parts, purchased monroe replacements air shocks. removed interior trim in trunk to gain access to upper retaining nut on shock. removed 2 retaining nuts at bottom end of shock. attached new air line just as i removed from old shock. inflate, done.
SECTION 204-05: Vehicle Dynamic Suspension
2000 Town Car Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Removal WARNING: Do not remove an air spring under any circumstances when there is pressure in the air spring. Do not remove any components supporting an air spring without either exhausting the air or providing support for the air spring to prevent vehicle damage or personal injury. WARNING: Disconnecting an air line that is connected to the air compressor can cause personal injury or damage to components as high pressure air is vented uncontrolled.
Do not attempt to install or inflate any rear air spring that has become unfolded to prevent vehicle damage or personal injury.
Failure to observe the following procedures may result in a sudden failure of the air spring or suspension system.
Any rear spring which is unfolded must be refolded prior to being installed in a vehicle.
The air spring refolding procedure should only be used for an air spring which has never supported the vehicle's weight while in the improperly folded position.
Improperly folded air springs found on vehicles during pre-delivery inspection or after use must be replaced.
Do not attempt to inflate any air spring which has been collapsed while uninflated from the rebound hanging position to the jounce stop.
When installing a new air spring, care must be taken not to apply a load to the suspension until springs have been inflated using the air spring fill procedure.
After inflating an air spring in the hanging position, it must be inspected for proper shape.
NOTE: The vehicle must be positioned on a suitable lifting device prior to deflating the air suspension system. Vent the air suspension system. Refer to Ride Height Adjustments .
WARNING: Before performing maintenance on any air suspension components, disconnect the power to the system by turning off the air suspension switch located on the LH side of the luggage compartment to prevent vehicle damage or personal injury. Turn the air suspension switch off.
Raise and support the vehicle. For additional information, refer to Section 100-02 .
Remove the rear air spring retainer (5A966).
Lift the bottom of the air spring off the rear axle (4001).
Remove the air spring.
Disconnect the electrical connector.
Compress the quick connect locking ring and pull out the air line.
Remove the air spring.
CAUTION: To avoid damage to the air spring, do not allow suspension to compress before the spring is inflated. NOTE: When installing the air lines, make sure the white air line is fully inserted into the fitting for correct installation. Install the air spring.
Position the air spring assembly in the frame seat.
Install the spring retainer clip.
Seat the bottom of the air spring on the rear axle (4001).
NOTE: When installing the air lines, make sure the white air line is fully inserted into the fitting for correct installation. Connect the air spring solenoid valve.
Connect the electrical connector.
Connect the air line.
Make sure air spring is in the proper shape.
Refill the air springs; refer to Ride Height Adjustments .
Fig. Use support bracket tool J-23028-01 mounted on a jack to support the rear lower control arm
Remove or disconnect the following:
Electronic Ride Control (ELC) air tube from the shockTwo bolts securing the shock to the control armTrunk trim to gain access to the shock upper mounting nuts.Cover, the two nuts, and the reinforcement from the top of the shockShock from the vehicle
Fig. Remove the cover to gain access to the upper shock absorber mounting components-rear suspension
Fig. Exploded view of the lower shock absorber mounting to the knuckle assembly-rear suspension
To install: Install or connect the following:
Shock, reinforcement, and the two nuts. Tighten the mounting nuts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).Shock coverTrunk trimShock-to-control arm bolts and tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm)ELC air tube to the shock.Tire and wheel assembly
This is a dangerous job if you do not have the proper equipment for compressing the spring that is around the rear shock. I do not recomend performing this job without the proper equipment. Unloading the spring without it compressed can cuase injury.
If you have the proper equipment this is how you do it.
REMOVAL - SHOCK ASSEMBLY
NOTE:Access for the nuts attaching the rear shock assembly upper mount to the vehicle is through the inside of the trunk.
Roll back carpeting on top of the rear shock tower to access shock mounting nuts.
Remove plastic cover from the top of the shock assembly.
Remove 2 nuts attaching the shock assembly upper mount/spring seat to the shock tower.
Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist.
Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle.
Remove two fasteners holding the splash shield to the shock assembly upper mount.
Remove bolt attaching shock absorber to rear knuckle
Remove the shock absorber from the rear knuckle first when removing the shock absorber from vehicle by pushing down on the rear suspension.
Move shock assembly downward and tilt top of shock outward, then remove shock assembly from vehicle through top of wheel opening.